The mother of the 4-year-old boy found in a hot SUV in Providence Village on June 20 is accused of leaving the boy in the vehicle after driving him and her other children to a nearby convenience store to buy some candy, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Lisa Neyland, 37, was charged Tuesday with injury to a child less than two weeks after Kaysen Neyland died from extreme heat exposure two days after he was found inside her Ford Explorer on a day when the temperatures reached the mid-90s.
She allegedly told police the 4-year-old was in the SUV for about 30 minutes before an older brother found him and they called 911. But Aubrey police wrote in the affidavit that it was nearly three hours from the time she drove away from the convenience store and 911 was called, the document shows.
In the affidavit, an Aubrey police detective wrote that Lisa Neyland told investigators she thought the boy got out of the SUV with the other three children who rode with her to a convenience store. Later in the document, police say Kaysen’s 12-year-old brother told investigators he asked his mother for help getting the 4-year-old out of the SUV but she never did, according to the affidavit.
Lisa Neyland parked the SUV in the driveway and went straight into her home, police said. She told police she was inside the home for about 30 minutes before the 12-year-old found his brother inside the vehicle, the document shows.
Aubrey police accuse Neyland of not helping Kaysen out of the vehicle and not making sure later he was out of the SUV, according to the affidavit.
She was booked into the Denton County Jail on Tuesday, the same day police in Denton began looking for a missing 2-year-old who later was found dead in a vehicle — a completely unrelated case.
The 12-year-old told investigators he unbuckled Kaysen, who was seated behind his mother, and another brother from their car seats, police said. He exited the vehicle from the left side, and walked to the other side to help the other brother out of the Explorer, the document shows.
Police said the brother “called out to Lisa and asked her to help Kaysen get out of the vehicle.”
While the affidavit shows Lisa Neyland told authorities Kaysen was found 30 minutes after they arrived, investigators also detail in the affidavit a much wider gap of time between when she left the convenience store and when 911 got called.
Police said security camera footage from the Circle K, located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 380 and FM2931, shows Neyland pulled away from the store at about 2:04 p.m. that day. First responders were called to the home at 4:49 p.m., according to the affidavit.
The family’s home is less than a mile from the store, police said.
Paramedics said the boy’s body temperature was about 110 degrees when he was found, police said. The Ford Explorer was parked in direct sunlight.
Neyland was still in the Denton County Jail on Wednesday afternoon on the second-degree felony charge of injury to a child. Her bail was set at $75,000.